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Bangladesh name T20I squad for Windies


Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have announced 15-man squad to face Windies in three-match T20I series which will take place in St Kitts and the United States of America. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ উইন্ডিজ সিরিজের বাংলাদেশ টি-টোয়েন্টি দল ঘোষণা]

Bangladesh name T20I squad for Windies
Bangladesh won only two out of ten T20Is this year. ©Getty Images

 

Mustafizur Rahman has been recalled into the T20I squad after an ankle injury ruled him out of against Afghanistan in June. Abu Hider Rony, Abu Jayed Rahi and Rubel Hossain are the other pacers picked.

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Ariful Haque has been named in the squad. He featured in the final T20I against Afghanistan. He and Soumya Sarkar already left Bangladesh for the tour. Ariful was in good touch against Sri Lanka A for Bangladesh A. Soumya also played for the A team but he was yet to find form.

Nazmul Islam Apu and Mehidy Hasan Miraz are assisting spinners with skipper Shakib Al Hasan. Mosaddek Hossain has been given another go despite not clicking in this format.

Bangladesh have been average form in T20Is this year. They lost two T20Is against Sri Lanka at home earlier in February. A much better peace performance was displayed in the Nidahas Trophy where they were runners-up against a second-string Indian side.

Afghanistan series in Dehradun was a real disaster for Shakib’s team. Bangladesh were dismantled by 3-0. They lost the last T20I by a heart-breaking one-run margin.

The Tigers are currently ranked tenth in the T20I rankings. Windies are seventh. Bangladesh would still be lagging at No.10 even if they win this series by 3-0.

The first T20I will be played at Warner Park, Basseterre in St Kitts on July 31. Bangladesh will play an international match in the USA for the first time. Florida will host the last two T20Is on August 4 and 5. All the matches will be night games which means they will start during dawn on the next day in Bangladesh time.

Bangladesh T20I squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah Riyad, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Abu Jayed Rahi, Ariful Haque

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